UK announces early troop withdrawal from Mali

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After France and Sweden, the United Kingdom announced on Monday, November 14, the withdrawal of its forces from Mali. British troops, deployed in the country as part of Minusma, the United Nations mission, are however known for their high-tech equipment, which has allowed them many victories against armed groups.

The UK will not complete its three-year deployment to Mali within the United Nations mission for the stabilization of the region. A British Parliament this MondayThe Minister Delegate for the Armed Forces, James Heappey, justified himself: ” two hits in three years ” in Bamako they have ” undermined international efforts to achieve peace “, reports our correspondent in London, Emelina wine.

It also accuses the Malian government of its proximity to the Russian mercenary group Wagnercalled by Bamako to counter the rise of jihadist groups in the region and accused of abuse. London “ he can’t deploy his army in a country whose government is unwilling to work for stability and security explains James Heappey.

The minister did not give a precise date for the withdrawal of the British troops, stationed in Gao. But he will participate next week in a regional conference in Ghana to continue the international alliance in favor of the stabilization of the Sahel.

Highly equipped troops that have allowed many victories.

As of 2020, the British contingent that will pack their bags numbers about 300 soldiers, including 16 women. In the group are cavalry troops, explosives experts, men in combat position and medical personnel.

In the Sahel, we recognize these British Minusma soldiers by their many vehicles armed with advanced technology. Having the countryside as a profession, they organized missions in particular in areas of difficult access: in the Gao region, but also more recently in the sector of the three borders (Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso) where the jihadists are numerous, reports our correspondent regional, Sergio Daniel.

In the towns and hamlets crossed, their first objective was to reassure and protect the populations. But they also came into contact with the jihadists. According to the UN mission in Mali, thanks to its patrols, weapons, motorcycles and other equipment were seized, jihadists were detained and others were forced to go off on a tangent.

In the field, the British, with their equipment, had up to three weeks of autonomy, allowing for long patrols.

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